During quarantine I think many have been finding that the daily walks are a time to clear your head and maybe reset between work and relaxation. It was during one of these walks that I kept thinking about this butternut squash and what I was going to create with it. Although it is “spring” here in New England, the weather quite has not caught up. That’s why I wanted to turn this recipe into something that was warm and hearty, but also still had elements of freshness and bright notes. This recipe exceeded everything I thought of during my walk, and I hope when you create it, it will exceed your expectations too!
Spaghetti with Butternut Squash and Sage
A warm pasta dish with loads of bright notes.
- 1/2 lb spaghetti
- 1 small-medium spaghetti squash
- 3 large handfuls of fresh spinach, or 1 package frozen spinach drained of liquid
- zest of 1/2 lemon
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 sprigs sage
- 1 medium onion
- fresh parsley
- a nutty/pepper Parmesan
- 1 tsp chicken base
- Preheat the oven to 425 Fahrenheit. Wash, peel, and cut the butternut squash into ~1 inch cubes.
- Add a tablespoon of oil and salt and pepper to the squash, tossing to coat, and then roast until tender (20 min) flipping halfway through.
- Put on a pot of salted water for the pasta as you continue to prep the sauce
- Dice the onion. In a dutch oven with 2 tablespoons of butter, set to medium heat and then add in the onion. Stirring continuously. Once the onions begin to get translucent, add in the sage (dried sage is best, but if you have ground sage that will work as well). Continue to cook until starts to brown.
- When the onions have begun to caramelize add in a 1/2 teaspoon of chicken base and 1/2 cup of water. Make sure to get all of the caramelized bits from the bottom of the pan.
- Add the raw spinach and a lid to the dutch oven to begin to wilt it down.
- About this time, your squash should be ready, and your pasta water boiling. Add the roasted squash to the dutch oven.
- Just before you drain your pasta, add one ladle worth of liquid to the pan. (this starchy water will help build up your sauce to cling to your pasta). Then drain and add everything to the pan. Now add your lemon zest.
- Stir everything in the pot for a few moments before platting and finishing.
- Finish with fresh parsley and LOTS of grated cheese.